Finding Relief from Allergies

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The temperatures may be rising, but so are the number of people suffering from allergies.

"It makes me sneeze quite a bit," said Vernon Spears who has allergies. 'I'll be glad when it's over."

It's the kind of thing that keeps runner Ian Irish up at night.

"Some days it's like I won't be able to sit," said Ian Irish who has severe allergies. "I'll go up and get tissue after tissue after tissue."

"He takes a nose spray and pill in the morning, usually one at night," said Beth Irish, Ian's mom. "I can hear him up at night blowing his nose. It's been so bad this year he's had to have asthma medicine when he runs."

And doctors say allergy season is far from over.

"So far it's been bad," said Dr. Monoj Mohan, an allergist at Okemos Allergy Center. "I have a feeling that grass season, which is going to be summer, and ragweed season, which is going to be fall, is going to be equally as troublesome.

But many people can get away with taking over the counter medication.

"They don't cure the problem," said Dr. Mohan. "They're there to help with symptoms. THey're secondary to the allergen exposure."

If that isn't working, or you have asthma symptoms, you may want to talk to an allergist.

"Some patients are actually being affected by allergies so much it's affecting their work and their studies," said Dr. Mohan. "I mean children are having a hard time concentrating in school."

There's also the option to get an allergy shot, but that requires long term commitment.

"Let's just say they're allergic to pollens only," explained Dr. Mohan. 'So an individual like that would receive an injection for about 4-6 months on a weekly basis before thy get to heavy doses."

Then you're looking at once a month for many years.

"At least five years minimum," said Dr. Mohan. "But then after that point individuals may be able to stop injections and be allergy free."